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HOUSTON VOICE/AUGUST 16, 1996 5
With A Name Like That,
What Did They Expect?
One woman introduced herself and
fcsaid, "I have been married to the same
man for twenty-five years and we have
three kids." Approving nods all
The next one said, "I am new to Houston, my husband was transferred here
from New Orleans. I can find my way to
work and to WalMart and that's all."
Several generous offers to provide
"I live with a woman in a committed
relationship. We have three kids, all*
Gasps, embarrassment and clutching
of breast. Not from my new co-workers,
but from my brother (straight, but
stretching to accommodate his sister's outness) whom I related my first-
day-on-the-new-job experiences to.
He agreed with my partner Jan, that I
had become pale and eccentric, slouching alone in front of a computer all
day tapping out my fortune on a keyboard. They thought I needed to be
around people, earning vacation
time and wearing some of the new clothes
I spent all my writing earnings on. He
despairingly predicted that I had just
outted myself out of a good job where I
had only hours before been assigned an
office with my name on the door (and a
picture of Jan on my desk) and more
money than I have ever made in my life.
Downtown. Free parking. A pass key
and password, security clearance,
and voice mail. It is an appointment
requiring ethical judgment and sensitivity to possible fraud. I was
pretty proud of myself for being
awarded such a position, and here he
was projecting my queer self into the
unemployment lines. (And I don't
think you're even eligible for unemployment if you are fired for a reason of
offense. "You offended those people
by saying that!") I certainly offended
him by saying it. He has known since I
have that I am a Lesbian. He knows Jan
and he likes her enough to take us both
out for pizza. He attends our parties and
meets our friends and he loves my kids.
But this! This was too much: Walking
into a room of new orientees and
"blurting out" to them—and to my new
boss—that I am Gay. "That's like telling them that you're deaf, or not a Christian, or, not white, for Christsake!"
And he was vehement because he kne
did tell them all of that, but only as it
came up in conversation. And no one
seemed to suffer the indignation he'
did when they heard it.
He sighed. He said he hoped I still had a
job the next day. Not that he would discriminate against an employee who
was Gay, or very hard of hearing or not
Christian or not White, but in his experience other corporate supervisors
tended to be less tolerant of those
peculiarities than himself.
Jazz is an out-and-pr&ud sister of her
openly white, straight, corporately
successful brother .
Individually done by
hand to archival standards, photographic
prints of investment
quality by artist photographers Paul De-
Rigne and Chris Mag-
isano will be on display
at the Hyde Park Gallery, 711 Hyde Park,
beginning with a recep-
' tion planned for
day, August 16 from 7 Park Gallery
until 9:00 p.m.
Toni Jones Gallery
Painting, drawings and sculptures by
JoAnne Copeland, Sheila Bemis Greene, Geno Haber, Robert White and others will be on exhibit at the Toni Jones Gallery, I91I-C W. Alabama (at Hazard)
through Saturday August 24. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from
10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Barbara Davis Gallery
The show "Convergence" will be open
.at the Barbara Davis Gallery, 711 Louisiana, (Ground Floor of the Pennzoil
Building) through Sept. 25. The gallery
is open from 8:00 a.m. until noon, Tuesday to Friday, and the show features
work by many artists using most medh.
Contemporary Arts Museum
The work of Dan Friedman, a radical
modernist designer, will be showcased
at the Contemporary Arts Museum,
#216 Montrose Blvd. until Sept. 22. The
museum is open T.W,F,Sa 10-5; Th, 10-9
and Su, noon to 5. No charge for admis-
Paul DeR'tgne's "The Heart Has its Reasons" at the Hyde
sion but a $3 donation is suggested.
The work of Sugimoto, an exploration
of photography. Buddhism, and time,
capturing harmony with nature, an
individuals immediate surroundings, the beauty of plainness, rusticity, and simplicity and continual repetition of established gestures,
be on exhibit until Sept. 1.
Project Row Houses
In the 3rd Ward, Project Row Houses displays the work of young artists who have
been connected with the project. The
display is open W,Th,F, noon to 6 and
Sat. noon to 5 and is located at 2501 Hol-
man between St. Charles and Live Oaks
Streets. Telephone 526-7662.
Watercolor Art Society
The Watercolor Art Society—Houston, at 1601 W. Alabama, is open Tu-Sa,
10-3. The current show, Reflections,
will be hung until Sept. 6.
Members are reminded ofthe membership show coming in October. Telephone 942-9966 for details.